MISSION — When Gov. Greg Abbott visits the Texas border to talk about immigration on Wednesday, he’ll be joined by 10 of his fellow Republican governors from around the nation. Here’s what they’ve said about border security.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt:
“I do not believe in sanctuary cities. We have to be a state of laws. And as governor I will enforce laws. I will enforce the immigration laws. We will not have sanctuary cities.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey:
“The (number) of illegal border crossings this fiscal year is already the most since 2006.This is a crisis, our law enforcement professionals need help. … The drug cartels, the human smuggling, the child sex trafficking, the drug epidemic that’s happening with fentanyl and heroin and methamphetamine.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp: paid a visit to the border in April, where 300 troops from Georgia’s National Guard are stationed.
“Since the Vice President (Kamala Harris) won’t visit our nation’s border to witness the crisis we’re facing, I decided to go myself,” Kemp said on social media when he announced plans to visit the southern border in April.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds:
“My first responsibility is to the health and safety of Iowans, and the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is affecting all 50 states. The rise in drugs, human trafficking and violent crime has become unsustainable. Iowa has no choice but to act.”
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts:
“Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem:
“The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide,” Noem said when she deployed 50 Guard troops to the border. “We should not be making our own communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s Administration seems unable or unwilling to solve. My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.”
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon:
“It is absolutely essential that our nation’s borders are secure. Law-enforcement issues at the border and uncontrolled illegal immigration threaten every part of our nation, including Wyoming. It is clear that the Biden Administration is not addressing this problem with the level of seriousness it requires. Wyoming is ready and willing to provide support to address this critical issue.”
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte:
“In Montana, we are concerned about meth coming across the border. It’s ripping our families and communities apart,” Gianforte said. “Opening these borders back up, it’s just not good for our communities here in Montana.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine:
He sent 14 Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to the border. He also has agreed to send another 185 guardsmen to the border later this year.